The middle of the Summer is hardly the time to be considering alternative air-conditioner solutions. After all, we’re on the home stretch of the hot weather (save for some traditional dog days in mid to late August). To be honest we could have another 2-3 months of air-conditioning left in the year and now is always a perfect time to explore any and all options of lowering your utility bills.
Of course, adding a new system into the mix would seem counterintuitive to saving money but that’s exactly what a mini-split air-conditioner can do. They really are basically mini versions of a central air-conditioner which can be used to cool all or part of the home. Here are some reasons why the middle of the Summer might be the right time to consider a mini-split A/C:
What is a Mini-Split System?
First things first, it’s best to know exactly what a mini-split air conditioner is before you contract an installation. The system works very much like a central air conditioner in that there is a compressor and condenser unit installed on the exterior of your home. Instead of ducted ventilation, however, copper tubing and electrical wiring are connected to an indoor air handler that looks like a small wall fan. Refrigerant is carried to this indoor air handling unit which pumps cool air across the fan and out into the room.
Why Install a Mini-Split System Now?
If you already have a central air conditioner that is properly sized for your home installing a mini-split system will probably be nothing more than overkill. However, if you have added on to your home, or want to cool a garage or finished basement a mini-split could be the ultimate solution. They are easier to install and less evasive to run through the house than a central air system.
Mini-split air conditioner systems can also be used to provide zone cooling. Each outdoor compressor can control four separate indoor air-handling units offering various levels of comfort in many areas of the home. If you’ve gone this far without A/C, a mini-split system and its ductless installation save 30% on lost energy compared to a forced-air central A/C. Mini-split systems can also be equipped with a heat pump so you’ll not only save now but through the Winter as well.
Many people also install a small mini-split system to take some of the strain off their overworked central A/C system. If the initial calculations were wrong, more people moved into the house, windows or insulation are starting to fail, etc. your central air may not be working as efficiently as it once did. Giving it a ‘buddy’ so to speak in the form of a mini-split system will allow you to lower the workload for your central air and thus get maybe another 5-10 years out of it.
Installing a mini-split air conditioner is by no means mandatory or in some instances even recommended. It is something to consider however if your Summer utility bills aren’t where you need them to be.